Preparing for plans B,C,D,etc. deposits at these schools?

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  1. rudyinok

    rudyinok Member

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    DS has applied to USNA. DS has applied for NROTC scholarship. DS has been admitted to 4 out of 5 of his schools - the other one pending.

    I know I've read advice on here about putting down deposits at some of these schools to prepare for plans B,C,D, etc. Can someone brief me again on what all they did to have other plans in place? for instance, did you place a deposit on housing? did you place other types of deposits to prepare for last minute decisions in late April/early May when you finally heard results from USNA/NROTC? obviously you'd want it to not be binding....

    Thanks so much! this is getting overwhelming!
     
  2. cb7893

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    DS has heard back already? Most schools haven't even hit their early admission app deadline yet.

    Is the fifth school, USNA?

    Deposits usually aren't required until May 1 at the earliest, unless it is early admission.
     
  3. kinnem

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    +1 to cb7893. Deposits should not be due until May 1. If your circumstances are different it might help if you could explain them. You should generally hear about ROTC prior to May 1. If its after May 1 there will not be a lot of choices as to school and it might be one your DS didn't even apply to. If your DS is only applying to ROTC, then, IMHO, you should only put a deposit at whichever school he wants to attend and if ROTC comes through late (unlikely) sort it out then.

    If your DS also applied to an academy and gets an appointment, then many folks think it's a good idea to put a deposit down (whatever is required, but no more) at one of the ROTC schools. This guards against injury or dropping from the academy during their summer training. It still leaves them a way to start college and ROTC, at least, in the autumn if they are able. You should be prepared to forfeit the deposit, but sometimes schools will return it. YMMV.

    Hope this helps.
     
  4. cb7893

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  5. soccmomer

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    Rolling admissions - gotta love 'em. My DS has been accepted at 2/5 Plan B schools so far. USMA is not included in the 5. If you accept an ROTC scholarship, and then get accepted to an academy, at what point do you give up the scholarship and the acceptance to the college? At the start of the summer session, during the summer, right before classes start, etc?
     
  6. rudyinok

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    no, USNA is not one of the 5 - I meant he has been accepted to 4 out of 5 of the 5 schools he had to rank for the NROTC scholarship app. His first choice is Auburn. Auburn apparently does not require freshman to live on campus, so campus dorms are not guaranteed for freshman. If he does not put some type of deposit down now for dorms, he might not have a place to live if he ends up going there in the end.

    Maybe i'm getting myself confused, that happens often! He wants to attend Auburn or #2 school (both of which he's been accepted to) to be a college programmer if USNA or NROTC Scholarship didn't pan out. so, he wants to be "ready" with deposits in place!

    thanks for any input or personal experience you all might have...
     
  7. Strength and Honor

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    Even if it is competitive for a freshman to get housing at Auburn (which is weird), I wouldn't think many high school seniors are gonna be putting in their deposits this early. They're all in the same situation as you - don't want to commit because of money or other schools. I haven't known one high school senior that has already submitted a deposit at a college yet!
     
  8. kinnem

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    Agree with Strength and Honor. However, if you can afford it, knock yourself out!
     
  9. Strength and Honor

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    Just ask if its refundable! I know some schools give you half your money back if you decide to go somewhere else :thumb:
     
  10. sweettooth

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    I'd send in the housing deposit. Here in Arizona families send in the housing deposit asap to make sure their kid has a room. I think we got our deposit back when our son got USMA appointment in late May.
     
  11. rudyinok

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    Thank you SO much!!! this is what I was wondering...
     
  12. GoBlue1984

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    Last year, DS who was intent on serving had ROTC scholarships for AFROTC and AROTC plus academic scholarships to multiple schools. Even after his Plan A USMA appointment came, we sent deposits to Plan C, D, E and F since he wasn't sure where he wanted to attend for certain should a Medical DQ happen before RDay or should he get hurt during Beast and have to come home. In the end, we did not send the required 2K for a laptop to one of the schools in June, and missed the housing deposit to another since it was steep and non-refundable. Even then he still had a place reserved at two schools. I reasoned that the deposits were cheap compared to costs of tuition.

    My advice is hang on to the scholarships as long as you can without feeling like you are denying someone else. That said, the academic scholarships will not typically be re-directed anyway but will go back to the general scholarship fund. Not so with ROTC. Those can be given as side-load to a deserving ROTC programmer. In our case, AFROTC was declined in May, AROTC after R-Day.
     

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